Q and A With… Kevin Connolly

Deep down, this handsome actor is just an old-fashioned guy who believes in marriage, the right time and the right girl.

On HBO’s Entourage, you take a male perspective on dating and relationships, whereas in your recent film, He’s Just Not That Into You, it’s more of a woman’s perspective. What was that like for you?

It’s so interesting! The movie features so many dating dos and don’ts… you can debate and discuss the movie and how it relates to your life for hours. I think it will make for an interesting car ride. And it’s funny — a guy taking a girl to this movie could be tricky! You could find yourself in some hot water, because we’re getting into some serious dating issues. Like “why won’t you marry me?” That’s a very real, very serious thing for a lot of people. You get to a certain point in your life, and when a relationship has been going for a while, you wonder, What are we doing?

Do you think you’ll have that on Entourage where you or any of the characters will settle down?

Yes, I think that it’s something that could happen sooner than later actually!

Do you believe in marriage?

I sure do. I want to get married. I’m from an old-fashioned kind of family from Long Island. But also it doesn’t make sense to rush into that. My mom was married when she was 20 and had two kids, but times are different now. You don’t necessarily have to run out and do that. It just doesn’t work that way. I’m taking my time, and when the time is right, you know, I’ll do it.

What’s your take on blind dates?

I like them, because I think there’s something funny about the awkward nature of it. I actually think that kind of stuff is kind of fun. Having said that, I’m not a big blind-date person, but I’ve had a few blind-date type of things!

Do you think a girl should call a guy?

Yeah. I don’t have a problem with that. It’s not 1950. All bets are off, as far as I’m concerned! Unfortunately, I think some people have rules, but there are no rules in my world.

Why do you think people get desperate in their dating habits?

It’s funny: It’s not as uncommon as people might want to admit! But there are also different levels of craziness. It would be one thing to look over at her caller ID and see who was calling, but another thing to for me to break into her email and check it!

Do you think that guys are standoffish because women have a hold over them?

If I’m standoffish, it’s because I’m playing it safe so I don’t get my feelings or my ego hurt! When guys act cool, it’s really because of their defense mechanism kicking in, more than anything.

What’s the best line you’ve heard?

There’ve been some doozies over the years! At some point, you’ve heard them all. I try to stay away from lines and hope for an accidental run-in. I’ve always been terrible about that. As much as you think, just because you’re on a TV show, it just doesn’t really necessarily work that way! You could look like a big loser, too, walking up to a girl and saying hi, so I try to let it happen a little more organically.

Contributing entertainment editor Susan L. Hornik is based in Los Angeles.
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